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Споровете за Балканската война на страниците на "Ана Каренина"
The debate about the Balkan war in "Anna Karenina"

Author(s): Sergey A. Kibalnik
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN
Keywords: "Anna Karenina"; Tolstoy; Balkan war

Summary/Abstract: In the part eight of "Anna Karenina" Tolstoy shows a rather unusual for his time attitude towards the Balkan war. The editor of "Ruski vestnik", where the novel was printed, M. N. Katkov, refuses to publish this part exactly due to sceptical Tolstoy's opinion on panslavonic feelings. At the same time in the context of the novel such an opinion looks absolutely considered and is fictionally very convincing. During a long period of time Tolstoy didn't have possibility to start working on the last part of "Anna Karenina" but namely the Russian-Ottoman war (1877-1878) and reflections on "the slavonic question" gave him the clue to the dénouement of the whole novel. The article explores the different views of novel's characters on "the slavonic question", goes deeper in the difficulty concerning Dostoyevsky's objections to "Anna Karenina", makes some assumptions for their possible prototypes. The author reveals that Tolstoy's opinion of slavophilism is ambivalent and draws his disagreement on official propaganda.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 36-43
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Bulgarian